POLICE have enjoyed a breakthrough in their inquiry into the murder
of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed - 31 years after she was killed. A 53-year-old Oldham man was arrested yesterday in connection with
the case. The arrest is a major event in the case, which has been running
since 1975 and it was a case in which a man was wrongly convicted and spent 16 years in jail. The murder hunt centred on the moors at Ripponden, high above
Calderdale. Eleven-year-old Lesley had left her home in Rochdale on October 5,
1975, to buy bread and an air freshener for her mum from a nearby shop. She was never seen alive again. Her body was found dumped three days later on moorland A672 near the
Halifax to Oldham road. Stefan Kiszko, a tax clerk from Rochdale, was convicted of Lesley's
murder at the time, but was released from prison on appeal in 1991. He died shortly afterwards and the murder investigation was
re-opened by West Yorkshire Police, but without success. In 2001, the investigation was relaunched and an incident room set
up at Halifax police station. The investigation featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme in
February 2003, after officers made the breakthrough with a DNA profile believed to be left at the scene by Lesley's killer. In October 2004 - on what would have been Lesley's 40th birthday -
detectives appealed again for information about her death. A year later, in October 2005, they renewed calls for people to come
forward with suspicions, because the DNA evidence would help them eliminate people quickly from the inquiry. A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said yesterday: "In connection
with the murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed, whose body was found in Ripponden in October 1975, police have today arrested a 53-year-old man from Oldham in connection with her death. He is currently being questioned by police." Vital evidence which could have cleared Mr Kiszko went unheeded.
He suffered from XYY syndrome, a condition in which the human male
has an extra Y chromosome. The condition would have made Mr Kiszko physically incapable of the sex crime of which he was convicted.